Mining for Heart: “Connections” by Patricia Valdez

Last week I shared Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor, the Woman Who Loved Reptiles, Patricia Valdez’s debut picture book about a little known female scientist. Today, Patricia shares her process of finding the heart of the story from a pile of research.  Before becoming a published children’s book author, I was (and still am) a published scientist. In … More Mining for Heart: “Connections” by Patricia Valdez

Mining for Heart: Kristin Gray on Connecting to Characters

Today Kristin Gray shares her process of finding the heart in her middle grade novel and its irresistible main character, Vilonia Beebe.  Thank you, Beth, for having me on your blog. I’m delighted to be here. I adore stories with heart. Heart is more than sappy emotions or a feeling. It is enthusiasm, passion, resolve, … More Mining for Heart: Kristin Gray on Connecting to Characters